Alex Rodriguez sat down with The Players' Tribune's "R2C2" podcast with Yankees LHP CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco to discuss the Yankees' managerial search.
The 42-year-old Rodriguez has carved out a niche as a baseball commentator for FOX, but has also served as a special advisor to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner. When asked about the managerial position, he related it to being the President of the United States.
"I will say that, you know, being a manager for the New York Yankees is almost like POTUS, you know," Rodriguez said. "It's like one of those jobs that everybody and anybody should or would pay attention to because the New York Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports, not only America, but the entire globe. And whether you're in China or Dubai or Australia, everybody knows that logo...So, I do wish them luck."
Asked if he ever thought about managing, Rodriguez said he has given thought to an even bigger challenge.
"I've never thought about that. I've always thought about one day ownership could be interesting," he said.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman sidestepped a question on Monday about the potential candidacy of Rodriguez as manager to replace Joe Girardi, explaining that the process will play out naturally, with candidates being made available to the media after interviewing.
Rodriguez played for the Yankees from 2004 to 2016, missing the entire 2014 season due to a vilation of the league's PED policy.
The Yankees will interview both internal and external candidates for manager, and neither a prior relationship with Cashman or past managerial experience will be a prerequisite.
"I'm looking for the right person, regardless of age," Cashman said on Monday, adding that there is no timetable for when the Yankees might fill the position. Cashman also disagreed with the assertion that Girardi wasn't as analytical as the team wanted him to be.
Cashman noted that Girardi's failure to ""fully communicate, engage, and connect" might have been a hurdle that was "insurmountable," and was a main reason behind moving on.
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My mind is currently playing Tug-of-War thinking about A-Rod as the next Yankees manager.
The one side is disgusted by the thought. The Yankees just finished paying off his ridiculous contract, and now they want to hire him to run the team? I get Cashman said he is willing to hire someone without mangerial experience, but really? We want A-Rod to manage and influence this team of young, bright stars? His time in New York was full of distain and controversy as much as joyous moments like the 2009 World Series. It will be hard for this die-hard fan base to accept him running the future of the franchise.
But then I take a step back and look at it from the other side of my brain. Rodriguez has already connected with cornerstones of the franchise like Aaron Judge. He was texting Judge with advice throughout the season. He is extremely personable, and Cashman is looking for a manager that can connect more with the players. A-Rod also is tremendously smart when it comes to the game despite all of his dumb personal choices in his career. And the most important quality: he knows exactly how to deal with the New York media and culture.
So, who knows, maybe A-Rod isn't as far-fetched a candidate that I thought he would be. But if Cashman is going to name him Girardi's successor, he better be right to take a chance on him because he is sure to be on a short leash considering the toll he has already put on Yankee fans.